“What is the minimum level of effort required on a grant?”

Funding News Edition: February 03, 2021
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NIH does not have minimum effort requirements for principal investigators (PIs) of unsolicited research project grants, although some individual funding opportunity announcements may set a minimum effort requirement for the PI.

Reviewers will look at your proposed effort and make their own determination of whether that effort is sufficient to meet the needs of the proposed studies. Your grant score could be affected if you propose less effort than deemed necessary by the reviewers.

However, NIH does have requirements for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), career development, training, and fellowship grants.

For an explanation of how to calculate person months, go to NIH's Usage of Person Months frequently asked questions.

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